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West Carolina Tel Selects Brocade Network Solutions

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January 13, 2011

West Carolina Tel Selects Brocade Network Solutions

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor


Looking to provide Erskine College students with advanced applications to enrich their learning experience, West Carolina Tel has utilized Brocade high-performance networking technologies.


The Brocade (News - Alert) network architecture provides an innovative yet pragmatic way to transition smoothly to a world where information and applications reside anywhere. The architecture combines a unifying set of values, vision, and innovation to simplify networks while enabling greater choice.

By implementing innovative teaching methods and technologies with the help of West Carolina Tel, Erskine College, a liberal arts college located in rural South Carolina and recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the “4th Best Baccalaureate College in the South,” has removed the boundaries. Erskine College is now able to attract students from surrounding urban areas through its differentiated and “connected” approach.

“We were selected to provide service to the school and, within a month we had equipment in, services provisioned and students online,” said Russell Clark, plant operations manager at West Carolina Rural Telephone Co-op. “Brocade was a huge part of simplifying the process. Brocade was able to get the product to us in the timeframe we required, which allowed us to get services up and running just in time for the school year.”

With a reliable foundation for collaboration technologies and wireless connectivity, Brocade and West Caroline Tel helped align academic and administrative needs which are designed to optimize application performance. Erskine College now utilizes the Brocade network to deliver real-time audio and video capabilities for distance learning applications. With the Brocade MLX Series of advanced routers, West Carolina Tel powers the metro core that supports Erskine College.

In November 2009, the company unveiled the new Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series compact multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) router that features their hardware-based routing capacity in a 1U form factor. The Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers are purpose-built for high-performance Ethernet edge routing and MPLS applications. The NetIron CER 2000 is available in 24- and 48-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet, copper and hybrid fiber configurations.


Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf







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